Mr Menendez wants to exercise jurisdiction over the United Kingdom

The Chilcot Inquiry rumbles on in London. Every week that passes provides evidence that the Iraq invasion was illegal and there is prima facie evidence that the illegality was such that the war constituted the war crime of waging a war of aggression, which is probably the most serious crime that can be committed. Hundreds of thousands of people have died as a result of this war. As far as I know none of the members of the American administration that did the war dance have been invited to London to give evidence to the Inquiry and if they were “summoned” they would give the summons short shrift. Those people have to account to their own governments for their actions, under the existing framework of law, not to the government of another state, even if that state was a close ally in the war. Mr Bush and the American people would regard the any such summons as impudent. Continue reading

BP faces another summons to the Senate

I am intrigued to learn that the United States Senate will hold a hearing to ascertain whether there is any substance in the allegation that BP lobbied for the release of Mr al Megrahi who was convicted of blowing up the airline which crashed at Lockerbie. I watched part of one Congressional hearing hearing on television when the BP Chief Executive Tony Hayward was brought to explain the Deepwater oil leak. I was not impressed. Continue reading